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My ERC debut. By Cristiana Oprea

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:00

Cristiana Oprea made her FIA European Rally Championship debut on Rally di Roma Capitale earlier this month, forming an all-female Romanian crew with co-driver Diana Hategan and finishing eighth in the highly-competitive ERC3 class. This is what she had to say afterwards.

“I couldn’t have dreamt of a better ERC debut – I am very proud of myself and Diana for completing our toughest rally yet with no incidents, with a new car and quite a lot of pressure. Even more, managing to score the most points in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy is incredible, even though I am completely aware we were also very lucky.

“I want to congratulate Emma [Falcón] and Catie [Munnings] for their rhythm and I am grateful I got the chance to meet them and compete side by side with them, as they inspired me in the last few years to fight for my dream of competing in the ERC.

“I am happy I learned the Peugeot 208 R2 quickly and I felt more confident to grow the pace on each stage. In the end, I feel this rally made me even more resilient and I learned a lot about controlling the car at higher speeds, on more difficult stages than what we have back home.

“In the end, this result marks the beginning of a new stage in my career as a rally driver. I will continue fighting to build a budget which will allow me to continue my progress in the ERC and I hope to see you all soon!”

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We blew it but we’re still in the game: Habaj on his ERC title hopes

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 06:00

Łukasz Habaj admits he “blew away” his “very, very big chance” to increase his lead of the FIA European Rally Championship with his mistake on stage six of Rally di Roma Capitale last week.

Habaj was on course for a podium finish in his Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5 when a rare error put him out of the leg.

He returned on day two to bag four, potentially crucial, leg bonus points, a result he says means he’s “still in the game” in his bid to win his first ERC title.

“We had a very, very, big chance to increase our leadership and we just blew it away,” said the Polish star. “Of course, it’s not the result we wanted but [in the end], it was the toughest, the most expensive and the most difficult points in my life and a massive effort on the team’s side.”

As well as his off on Saturday afternoon, Habaj rolled in testing on the Tuesday before the rally and also reported having the “maximum amount of spins” during the all-asphalt event.

“I am happy this weekend is over,” said Habaj. “But we minimised the losses and we are still in the game. The differences are not big in the championship and we keep fighting for sure.”

Habaj will start next month’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the sixth round of the season, seven points behind Alexey Lukyanuk, the defending champion.

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Avcioglu is back with top six in ERC3

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 18:00

Orhan Avcioglu returned to two-wheel-drive action on Rally di Rally Capitale as he made his long-awaited FIA European Rally Championship comeback.

Partnered by stand-in co-driver and fellow Turk Aras Dinçer, Avcioglu finished sixth in ERC3 after battling back from a time-consuming clutch issue on the opening morning of the all-asphalt event, which earned him a 1m10s penalty due to a delay.

Avcioglu, who completed the Italian event with a trio of top-three stage times, is set to complete the remainder of the ERC season in his Toksport-run Peugeot 208 R2.

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Fighting Érdi finishes in ERC

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 12:00

Tibor Érdi Jr fought back from the lower reaches of the top 50 to finish Rally di Roma Capitale in P13.

The double ERC2 champion was delayed on the opening stage by a time-consuming puncture, which wrecked his hopes of a points finish in Italy.

Despite the early blow, Hungarian Érdi Jr persevered to finish P13 among the FIA European Rally Championship-registered crews.

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From ditching to winning… How Mares hit back for ERC1 Junior triumph

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 06:00

Filip Mareš completed the ultimate comeback when he won ERC1 Junior on Rally di Roma Capitale last week, seven days after crashing out of an event in his homeland.

Mareš started the Czech championship Rally Bohemia leading his national standings, but a crash on stage 15 put him out and left his participation on Italy’s FIA European Rally Championship counter the following weekend in serious doubt.

But thanks to his Kresta Racing mechanics, Marešand co-driver Jan Hloušek were able to start Rally di Roma Capitale in their hastily repaired ŠKODA Fabia R5, going on to win the ERC1 Junior section in fifth overall for the ACCR Czech Rally Team.

“For sure this result belongs to my team [from Kresta Racing] because the guys have done an amazing job,” said Mareš. “After our accident on Rally Bohemia it was not so easy to be at the start in Rome. But we are now winners in ERC1 Junior on Rally di Roma Capitale, which is fantastic, it’s an amazing result for us and crucial to our ambitions in the championship generally.”

Following his triumph in Italy, Mareš will battle Chris Ingram for the ERC1 Junior crown on the season-deciding Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August with a fund of €100,000 to contest the ERC events in Cyprus and Hungary awaiting the winner.

Crash repair timeline

Sunday 14 July
09h26: Mareš andHloušek crash into a ditch on Rally Bohemia
09h30: Crew surveys damage, reports back to team
10h45: Kresta Racing mechanics arrive at crash scene
11h10: Car recovered from ditch
12h00: Car transported to service park
13h00: Full inspection of damage takes place
18h00: Team returns to workshops in Luhačovice, Czech Republic

Monday 15 July
17h00: Spare parts collected from ŠKODA Motorsport HQ in Mladá Boleslav

Tuesday 16 July
24h00: Repairs complete, car ready for roll-out

Wednesday 17 July
08h00: Roll-out and final checks take place
13h00: Packing of spares and equipment for Rally di Roma Capitale
22h00: Following a period of rest, team sets off for Fiuggi, a 14-hour drive over a distance of 1350 kilometres

Thursday 18 July
16h00: Team arrives in the service park in Fiuggi
20h00: Technical scrutineering takes place

Friday 19 July
09h30: Mareš and Hloušek begin Qualifying Stage run, going seventh fastest

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ERC Junior Jeets learns plenty on Tarmac debut

Sat, 07/27/2019 - 18:00

Gregor Jeets made his asphalt debut on Rally di Roma Capitale last week, holding sixth position in ERC3 Junior before he was forced out with suspension damage.

Part of the Estonian Autosport Junior Team line-up, Jeets had recovered from earlier brake issues to clock two top-six stage times despite his absence of Tarmac experience. Although hopes of a points finish evaporated on Sunday’s opening run, Jeets was pleased with the experience gained.

“We had quite good progress,” said Jeets. “We know the places where we lose the time. It was bad that we stopped so early, but we can say it was a good learning experience.”

Of his exit, Jeets explained what happened in the Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta R2T he shares with co-driver Kuldar Sikk. “We had too much speed [for the corner]. The corner was too tight. We hit a bank and the suspension was broken but we also broke two wheels, so it was impossible to continue.”

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Monteiro gains more ERC R5 experience with Roma top 15

Sat, 07/27/2019 - 12:00

Aloísio Monteiro continued to grow his experience in R5 machinery with a top 15 finish on round five of the FIA European Rally Championship in Italy earlier this month.

With Rally di Roma Capitale marking the Portuguese driver’s seventh start in a top-of-the-range ERC machine, Monteiro used the asphalt event to improve his car knowledge and set-up.

“We did good homework, preparing the rally well but maybe we bet on the wrong horse,” the FPAK Portugal Team ERC driver explained. “In the last test before the rally I got the feeling that we had found the ideal set-up for the race. However, when we started the rally on Saturday morning, we quickly realised that something was not right. We suffered a lot [in] the slower corners, even though the car in the fast zones was okay.

“After the suspension [set-up] was fixed [for Sunday] and on a long day with many stages, we did some good times. Of course, we have to be more constant and improve our experience with the car by doing more kilometres in the car.”

Monteiro will get another opportunity to build his R5 experience when he contests Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August with his Fabia run by The Racing Factory.

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Bernardi charges back in ERC

Sat, 07/27/2019 - 06:00

Florian Bernardi returned to the ERC3 podium with a charging drive on Rally di Roma Capitale last month, recovering from an early puncture to finish third in class.

The lone Frenchman in the field, Bernardi went on full attack mode to make up the time lost in his Renault Clio R3T with 11 fastest stage times in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 division.

“We attacked very hard, we knew it was the only way to score essential points,” said Bernardi. “The stages suited our Clio and I felt particularly well on these roads with this set-up and the Michelin tires. The FA Compétitionteam and R.Tec Suspensions did a great job."

Bernardi will continue his ERC3 title challenge on Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August alongside co-driver Victor Bellotto.

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Williams pleased with debut ERC3 Junior speed

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 18:00

James Williams was happy with the speed he showed on his debut in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship – but “devastated” that he wasn’t able to convert it into a top result on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Williams, a frontrunner in the British championship, was stepping up to international level for the first time and had high hopes of a strong result in his Ford Fiesta R2T.

Despite a promising start, the Welsh driver was soon out of luck alongside co-driver Tom Woodburn, as he explained.

“The first stage started great, getting off to a good pace and finding the rhythm with the notes from the word go. Unfortunately, about five kilometres from the end of the stage we picked up a front-right puncture and had to stop and change with driving on not an option.

“Stage two started well with the rhythm in the car returning but very unexpectedly we were sent on our roof on an open hairpin right. Absolutely devastated doesn’t touch how I was feeling for the team and sponsors. It was something which caught us by surprise and, in a flash, [we] were stopped wondering what had happened.

“The gutting thing is that we felt some very good speed in the car this week and we weren’t quite able to extract that as a stage result. It was definitely there, watch this space.”

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Talaš battles to fourth in ERC Junior

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00

Jan Talaš showed his fighting spirit to score his best finish to date in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship on last week’s Rally di Roma Capitale.

The ACCR Czech Rally Team talent, co-driven by Ondřej Krajča, placed fourth in the Pirelli-supported category on his first appearance on the Italian event.

Afterwards, the Czech Junior and 2WD champion from 2018, said: “On the first day we had a problem with the rear suspension in the morning, a front-right puncture, a problem with the intercom and a very big problem with the clutch.

“We had a good second day and the time was better than the first day, but we had a small problem in the superstage with the driveshaft. It was a very hard weekend, but we have new experiences from this rally.”

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Good times for the first time as Herczig scores in ERC

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 06:00

Norbert Herczig posted a succession of top 10 stage times as he finished his first Rally di Rome Capitale in seventh place.

Driving a MOL Racing Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, the quadruple Hungarian champion was on the pace from the start and finished the FIA European Rally Championship event just 5.6s behind Chris Ingram.

“Our speed was quite okay,” said Herczig. “It was a good performance from me, from us. We have learned many things about the tyres and the car and, very importantly, our pacenotes. We could change some things in the pacenotes and we could keep our speed with the leader of the rally and the fastest drivers.

“Our speed is more on Tarmac compared to gravel, we will keep going and start the next rally in Barum.”

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Missing Tarmac miles hit Munnings’ ERC3 pace push

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 18:00

Catie Munnings reckoned her non-start on Rally Islas Canarias and opening-day retirement on Rally di Roma Capitale masked her true pace in the FIA European Rally Championship last weekend.

Munnings was returning to ERC3 action after missing last month’s PZM 76th Rally Poland due to budgetary issues but was out of luck early on in Italy when a brake issue forced her to stop her Peugeot Rally Academy-entered 208 R2.

Although she returned under Rally 2 rules on Sunday, Munnings admitted it hadn’t been easy.

“It’s the kind of first time I was properly on Tarmac since last August and it’s so difficult when you are not practicing just to jump on the pace,” she said. “I was happy to be at the end, it’s always the goal in a rally, and we took some good kilometres. But I don’t know when I will be back next.”

Co-driven by Norwegian Veronica Engan, Munnings finished ninth in ERC3 and third in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy.

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New approach put Munster “directly in the game” in ERC3 Junior

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 12:00

Grégoire Munster explained how a new approach to the reconnaissance put him on the pace from the start of Rally di Roma Capitale.

Munster and co-driver Louis Louka were second quickest among the FIA ERC3 Junior contenders on the opening stage of Italy’s all-asphalt counter last week.

Although an error on stage five cost him a shot at his first podium in the young driver category, the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver had reason to be cheerful at the finish in Ostia on Sunday evening.

“We prepared a lot by watching a lot of onboard from the previous year,” said Munster. “We tried to make the perfect pacenotes just to be directly on the pace from the beginning because that was our main problem before. With the second fastest time [on the first stage], we were directly in the game and [that] was really good. But then I did a mistake on the fifth stage and unfortunately it cost us a good result.

“But we were fifth in ERC3 Junior, which is not bad, and we showed on the second day good pace. We did one fastest time [on stage 14] when everyone was fighting. Even in Rally 2 we were able to be quick and that’s a positive.

“It was a stupid mistake to be honest. I tried to be a bit wider [in a hairpin] because there was a kerb inside. Unfortunately for 30-40 centimetres I touched the kerb when I pulled the handbrake a little too early. Then it was game over because the driveshaft was broken. I’m really sorry for the team and all the people who supported us.”

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Why second in ERC1 Junior is “not the end of the world” for Ingram

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 06:00

Chris Ingram is adamant that he remains in prime position to win the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship when the title battle reaches its conclusion on Barum Czech Rally Zlín next month.

Ingram’s advantage has been cut to 30 points with 39 up for grabs on the season decider after he finished second to Filip Mareš on Rally di Roma Capitale last weekend following time lost with a brake issue on the opening loop.

“The first day was unlucky, frustrating but promising,” said the Toksport WRT driver. “At the end we’ve come through and got some points when a lot of the ERC regulars struggled. It’s not the end of the world [to have finished second] but I need to get my head straight and come back stronger in Zlín because I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself and overdriving on every rally.”

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Schwedt’s impressive pace goes unrewarded in ERC3 Junior

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 21:00

Roman Schwedt scored his first fastest stage time in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship only to retire from fourth position nearing the finish of Rally di Roma Capitale.

On his favoured asphalt and with returning co-driver Henry Wichura performing a supporting role in the Team ROMO Peugeot 208 R2, Schwedt was on course to finish fourth in the Pirelli-supported category only for engine failure to put him out on stage 13.

“It was a really big pleasure for me to win my first stage in ERC3 Junior,” said the German teenager afterwards. “I was happy with my driving – it was really good for me. I was disappointed with what happened but that’s it, heads up for the next rally when I will come back stronger. We showed good speed against the really quick drivers. It has given me new power.”

Schwedt continued: “It was a really difficult rally because the stages are crazy and difficult, bumpy and fast. We had some struggles with the clutch and the water temperature in the first run. Then after five kilometres [on SS13] we see something was not right and two corners later the engine broke and we are out with a technical failure. That was really sad, it happens, it’s rallying but we had some happy times and the feeling was good with the car and co-driver.”

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Antunes turns mechanic to finish ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 18:00

Pedro Antunes and Paulo Lopes needed all their technical know-how to finish Rally di Roma Capitale last weekend.

Part of the national federation-backed FPAK Portugal Team ERC squad, Antunes and Lopes were competing under Rally 2 rules following their stage one exit after striking a rock in the line and going off the road with suspension damage.

Having got over that setback, the Portuguese duo were pushing for an FIA ERC3 Junior stage win when a mechanical fault slowed their Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2, as Antunes explained.

“Because the drama was not enough on the first day, we had big problem on stage 14! The alternator belt and the water pump were broken. We had to stop because the temperature in the car was rising too much so we had to change the belt to get to the end. It was not a good moment, but the result would have been the same because of the time we lost on Saturday.”

Despite his myriad delays, Antunes once again marked himself out as a star performer with four top-three stage times including a fastest time on the final Ostia superspecial.

“This rally is more of what I am used to so I was thinking I would be fast here, in the top three. But with the unfortunate thing that happened in the first day I couldn’t be. It’s another experience, another rally and a great rally too.”

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Positive Arai looks ahead in ERC following “most difficult rally”

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 15:00

Hiroki Arai experienced plenty of positives after completing Rally di Roma Capitale in fourth place in the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship.

The Japanese, who described the event as the “most difficult rally” he’s done so far was competing on asphalt for the first time in his Citroën C3 R5. It was also the first event on sealed surfaces using Yokohama tyres and his first with stand-in co-driver Jürgen Heigl.

“It was thethe most difficult rally I have done,” said Arai, son of Japanese rallying legend Toshi Arai after finishing P11 in the overall ERC classification.

“We improved quite a lot during the rally and hopefully we can show a good pace on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the next rally for us in the ERC.

“We have built a great amount of data for our tyre partner and it’s good to have another Tarmac rally [next]. We hope we can be really good in the future, that’s for sure, but I have to focus on my driving style and keep improving with the package that we have.”

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Kalendarz 2019

21-23.03.2019:

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugalia)

02-04.05.2019

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)

24-26 05.2019

Rally Liepāja (Łotwa)

28-30.06.2019

Rajd Polski

19-21.07.2019

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

16-18.08.2019

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

27-29.09.2019:

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

08-10.11.2019:

Rally Hungary (Węgry)